Proposals to revamp Manchester’s main railway station to prepare the city for the arrival of High Speed 2 and Northern Powerhouse Rail (NPR) have been revealed.
The draft Manchester Piccadilly Strategic Regeneration Framework proposes a new “radical” main entrance, revamped concourse and a “continental” style boulevard to link east Manchester with the city centre station.
The plans suggest moving the Piccadilly Station Metrolink tram stop under the new HS2 platforms, and a new Metrolink stop underneath the HS2 viaduct.
“HS2 provides the catalyst to completely transform Piccadilly Central, creating a new city centre district adjacent to the station,” the report said. The total annual number of passengers using the station is expected to more than double from 25.8M in 2015/16 to 57.3M in 2043, according to Department for Transport figures.
A bus or coach interchange could be constructed at the new east entrance of the station, and a new 6-acre public park is proposed along the banks of the River Medlock.
The documents are an update to the 2014 Manchester Piccadilly HS2 Strategic Framework, to reflect the proposals for NPR, an east to west railway network connecting Northern cities, and the realigned HS2 route, which has separated the high-speed rail viaduct from the existing rail viaduct. The plans were presented to the council’s executive board last Thursday.
Improvement works to the Hope Valley line between Manchester and Sheffield were given the go-ahead last month.
Transport Secretary Chris Grayling granted an order to allow passing loops to be built on the line to allow a fast service to run between the two cities every 20 minutes. Transport for the North said the developments are the “early building blocks” of NPR.